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<i>Bala</i> - Review

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Tuesday, October 31, 2006
A film which has no appeal in any sector

Hero Bala had faced the camera once earlier for Relax and that film did not do well. It seems he did not give up his penchant for acting and tried his hand in the second film with the help of an NRI producer called PV Ramesh Raju. The fact is that Ramesh Raju did never visit India during the film shoot but invested his money for Bala. However, the poor directorial abilities, inefficient acting of the hero and heroine, not so good music and haphazard treatment of the subject made the film very boring. The entire theatre is almost empty on the second day itself and at the same time, those who went to the theatres kept leaving it unable to bear the boredom.

Bala @ Bujji (Bala) is an engineering student. He and his friends go to Araku Valley for participating in a youth festival. There Bala happens to meet a girl called Bujji (Shilpa). She is the granddaughter of Rajamma (Tirunavukkarasi), who is averse to males as she and her daughter get cheated by men. She was very cruel and used to eke out her life by selling country-made arrack. Everyone in the village is aid of her. Bujji and Bala fall in love but could not communicate it to each other. On learning that a boy is after Bujji, Rajamma decides to teach him a lesson and at the same time, thought of hiding her at an unknown place. Rajamma admits Bujji in a hostel to which Rajamma's (Allari Suhasini) sister is a warden. Accidentally Bujji and Bala meet and their love grows in leaps and bounds. However, on learning about their love Rajamma's men come to Bala's house and destroy the furniture and kidnap Bala's sister-in-law Siri. Bala takes Bujji from the hostel and go straight to Rajamma and tells her that he did not want to marry Bujji against the wishes of elders. He makes it clear that their marriage should be performed with the acceptance of the elders from both families. The film ends there and it was left to the audiences' presumption what would occur. The director leaves a message in the end that love should not lead to elopement but the lovers should convince their parents and make their love fruitful.

Plus:
There are no plus points in the film at all. Though the entire unit was unanimous in saying every now and then during the press meets that the character of Tirunavukkarasi would be a highlight, there is nothing much to boast of. Though her attire and performance could be said as fair enough, the director failed to establish her crookedness or villainy at any given point of time.

Minus:
The hero has a blank face and failed to show any kind of expression. He needs to change his body language and should do a lot of homework if he really wanted to remain in the film industry as a hero. Heroine Shilpa had some glamour but she too failed to put up any kind of performance. Moreover, the director is a total failure. Neither the screenplay is proper, nor was he is able to extract performance from the artistes. It looks all the artistes are performing on the stage while someone is prompting from behind. At the same time, music by Valisha-Sandeep duo also failed to catch the audiences pulse.

Remarks:
The director should understand one point that making movie is not just like putting photographs in an album. He had a story in his mind and tried to present on the screen. But, he could not do it in a proper way. Especially there was no link between certain scenes. It looked editor Marthand K Venkatesh used his experience in linking the scenes and the film took shape only because of him. A film which could be easily ignored.

Cast: Bala, Shilpa, Tirunavukkarasi, Giribabu, Satyam Rajesh, Shivaparvathi, 'Allari' Suhasini and others.

Credits:
Camera - G Shivkumar
Music - Valisha-Sandeep
Editing - Marthand K Venkatesh
Dialogues - RV Ramakrishna
Presents - Ch Ramesh
Producer - PV Ramesh Raju
Screenplay and Direction - Govind Varaha.
Banner : Smile Creations
Released on : October 20, 2006.

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